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I worked at Education Inc. full-time (less than a year)Pros
The teachers. They are amazing and do not get enough credit. They were wonderful to work with and I truly enjoyed working with them. Also, the students. Though this is a non-traditional work environment, I loved spending time in the classroom and getting to know all of the students. Seeing them light up and get excited to see me was a great perk of the job.Cons
If I had all day to formulate this list, I could go on and on.... But, I don't. I came from a work environment that was like a family. Supportive, open, trustworthy, and positive. This was the exact opposite. The upper management micromanages everything. Every hire, every report, every decision. They would act like your ideas matter, and then never follow through or criticize them after. I could not grow as a leader because they did not allow me enough room to support my team differently or change anything.
As for my training, it was non-existent. The CEO and HR Director met with me and asked ME to create a training map for myself. Isn't that the job of the supervisor? How am I supposed to know what to teach myself if I have never done this before? Shouldn't this have been planned weeks in advance to my starting? Guess not... Instead I was given an abundance of business books and told to read them all and be an "A Player." I never had any real clue what I was doing.
I was also under the impression that I would be overseeing teachers, working in classrooms, helping with teaching operations, but instead I spent the summer being a hiring scout. The turnover in the company is so high I could not believe it. Almost every teacher leaves after a year, if they can stand it. I had zero time to help my staff learn and grow, because I was too busy trying to desperately convince people to take a job with us. Not to mention, the entire interview process is the biggest joke. Phone interview, two in-person interviews, entire day trial runs, and references? For a person who will leave in a year? It was impossible to fill all of the spots with such a lengthy process.
Another aspect of this job that was "misconstrued" was the salary and benefits. I was told when interviewing it was a salary of $50,000, but when I was hired it was $42,000 with a "possibility" of earning $9,000+ in "performance-based incentives." Well, when I asked how often they received full incentives I was told almost 80% of the time. Seemed pretty legit right? NO. After talking to older employees, they said they NEVER received incentives or only received them once and it was about $100-200.... They also forget to mention that to receive this incentive you have to have an evaluation completed and be an "A Player" which is almost impossible to achieve.
When I was completing evaluations of my staff using their "scorecard" I had to review them with my supervisor and the HR director. The first time, the HR director said scores were too high, the second time they were too low. So basically it wasn't about the staffs' actual performance, but what the HR director assumed of their performance. I say "assumed" because she almost NEVER saw them in the classroom.
The last thing I will go on about is the HR Director. She is absolutely the worst Human Resources person I have EVER worked with. She is not approachable, she is rude, snappy, easily agitated, thinks her way is always the right way, her facial expresses tell you exactly what she is thinking (which was usually something terrifying), and I would never, NEVER, ever feel comfortable approaching her about a work-related issue. When she took 8 weeks off in the summer, most of the staff were happy she was gone. She was so scary that the central office staff were afraid to say the office copier was broken because they would get yelled at..... Seriously?
All and all, I was in this position for a very short time. The 7:30am to whenever we stop emailing and calling you for reports, etc, etc. schedule was so overwhelming that I had anxiety so bad I could barely get through a day. I was told to take out piercings and cover tattoos, when most of my students had more then I did. I will honestly say, this job taught me everything I never want to be a part of again. I felt guilty hiring new teachers into such an awful company. I felt as though I was a part of a scheme to use school districts and children with mental illness to make money. It was grimy and deceitful. I will forever work with a non-profit with a clear mission and good hearted employees and never look back at the world of business. There are so many terrible aspects to this company that this review does not even cover all of it. Don't let the fancy ipads and iphones fool you into thinking this is a great gig. Find something else, anything else and save you career and your mental sanity.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Let go of the reigns. Let your amazing employees share their ideas and follow through with them. Get a new HR Director, one that is kind and welcoming and not so judgmental. Grow with the times! You can still be professional without the power suit. Your company is in the social work industry. Social workers are relatable and not intimidating, take note of that.
Stop micromanaging. Trust the people you hire to work for you to get the job done. You would grow faster, move quicker, and learn more if you did. When one person has to approve EVERY hire when every employee has given their two weeks, no wonder everyone is scrambling!
Get rid of the 5 rocks every quarter. You never completed all 5. If you are going to do 5 rocks or a strategic plan, keep them for a year or more. If you don't achieve them, continue with them. You through out unfinished goals and added new ones, that is not progress.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO